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Sony TX55 Cyber-Shot Is World's Thinnest Compact Camera

David Gilbert


Sony DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot

Sony has announced a slimline compact camera that manages to fit in a surprisingly large range of features in a form no thicker than an iPhone 3GS.

At 13.2mm thick, the Sony DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot camera is certainly compact and with the face of the camera measuring the same as a typical credit card, this is a camera you really can bring anywhere with you.

Sony DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot

The slimness is down to a couple of innovations by Sony including the 5x optical zoom lens being periscope, meaning it won’t protrude from the body of the camera. On the rear is a 3.3in OLED touchscreen which takes up almost all available space leaving only three physical buttons – on/off, shutter and zoom. Storage is also slimmed down with the option of microSD cards or Sony's own Memory Stick Micro (M2) available.

Sony DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot

The DSC-TX55 boasts a back-lit 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor which should help taking shots in poor light conditions a bit easier. With a technology called ‘By Pixel Super Resolution’, Sony claims you will be able to digitally extend the zoom range to 10x without any noticeable loss in image quality. The compact camera will be able to shoot in Full 1080p HD too and thanks to a feature called ‘Dual Rec’, you will be able to take up to 10 12-megapixel still images without interrupting the recording.

Sony DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot

One new feature, which sounds very intriguing, is Superior Auto. It will take six shots in quick succession with varying sensitivity and shutter speeds, before combing the results together for one noise-free and pin-sharp image. The feature also has an anti-blink mode when taking portrait shots. It sounds as if soon all we'll need to do is press a button and the camera will do the rest for us.

Sony DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot

The DSC-TX55 will be available in September in black but Sony is remaining tight-lipped about the price until closer to the release date.


July 25, 2011, 6:46 pm

Screw Leica, this is a gorgeous looking camera (speaking purely aesthetically obviously)! Shame it'll probably be stupidly expensive or this would be on my wishlist!


July 25, 2011, 7:10 pm

My HX9 has the Superior Auto feature. On that camera it works pretty well, and does a good job of HDR scenes too. The main downside is that your subject has to be pretty static and your hands steady.

As the flagship of Sony's 'luxury compact' line, this thing will surely cost a packet.


July 26, 2011, 6:16 pm

I would like to point our the obvious error in the spec sheet. "CIPA standard with LCD on"... does not make any sense since the camera has an OLED screen. :D


July 26, 2011, 6:17 pm

I guess it still can be on the "wish" list. Not so much on a "to buy" list. :D

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